The Countertop Choice Checklist

Before chopping, mixing and beating your first culinary creation in your new home, some of us will have the opportunity to slice and dice the family budget to consider fresh countertops. Here are our top tips for choosing the kitchen countertop for you.

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Gorgeous granite

The number one natuRULE option is granite thanks to its unique variation compared to manufactured tops. Granite countertops have gone from rare to readily accessible as an increased number of fabricators has led to affordable variations in slabs, colors and edgings. Mavens for mottlings will love granite’s unique look and its durability against splashes, knife nicks, heat and other wear and tear. On the other hand, it must be sealed every so often to avoid stains and its heaviness requires sturdy cabinet boxes to support the weight.

Expect to pay $75 to $125 per square foot, installed.


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The blank canvas

The magic of the man-made is on full display when it comes to these mostly acrylic and polyester surfaces with a plethora of colors and patterns to choose from. In addition to creating a Picasso for the kitchen with turquoise or tomato canary yellow experiments, they can be formed into nearly any shape and size; sinks can be undermounted; and joined sections, when installed correctly, leave a modern clean finish.

Solid surfaces often trump the field when it comes to the election of countertops because it’s nonporous (not affected by water, air or other fluids) and is low maintenance. While sealing or special cleaning is not required, light sanding may be needed when subjected to burns or scratches. However solid surfaces can look blatantly artificial and may be jarring when in contrast with other furniture in your home.

Expect to pay $45 to $75 per square foot, installed.


The quartz compromise

Bringing together the beauty of stone and the low maintenance of solid surfacing, quartz countertops are crafted of resin and quartz chips tinted with color. This man-made product is engiNEAR to the real thing as like genuine stone, quartz is an extremely hard surface, which is excellent for durability but also slippery and cold to touch. Because it is engineered, there’s a wide range of colors and patterns to choose from. Connoisseur of countertops however may notice quartz lacks the variegation of granite and at times can appear ‘fake’. While it can be pricey, its durability can be worth the investment.

Expect to pay $65 to $85 per square foot, installed.



Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

You can count(er) on it!

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Resurfacing countertops is fairly simple with new laminate costing $30 to $40 per square foot and ceramic tiles can be installed over existing plywood. Solid and stone countertops can also be professionally polished to remove wear and tear. Give your countertops a mask makeover by simply putting molding around the front edge for about $5 per linear foot.

Other ideas to reinvent this high traffic area include ripping out just one section of countertop space and using a different material such as a chopping block and adding a backsplash using laminates, ceramic or glass tiles, or event metal ceiling squares.

From Cambira to Granite to Ceasarstone, check out what Italian Tile NYC has to offer.

Hail a new cab-inet

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Update your kitchen accessories without overhauling the whole wardrobe with simple knobs, pulls and hinges that cost just a few dollars per door. Make sure you’re the measurement master so that all fixtures match the holes they need to be screwed into.

Replace panels on cabinet doors. Plain or textured glass or metal filler panels can add a decorative dash from $100 per door. You can also play around with completely removing the doors for an open-shelf look (for free)!
Completely removing and refacing cabinet doors and drawers can cost $135 per linear foot depending on the veneer and method of installation. Shop around for quotes and inspect samples of your contractor’s work.
Finally, a dull kitchen can really be a paint in the butt, so recolour your space with a new coat to your cabinets.

Whether you want to go contemporary or classic, Brooklyn locals, Nagad Cabinets will have a solution for you.

The floor of the land

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For $550 to $1,000 you can refinish an existing wood floor and stain it with a different color or add a stenciled border. Stone flooring can be professionally polished to breathe new life into its ailing original color. If the floor is flat and intact, an easy $200 to $500 will get you a new coat of flooring primer or a layer of stick-down vinyl tiles, respectively.

Visit Wood Flooring USA in Brooklyn for a custom solution to your needs.

Out-of-the-box others

  • Add shelves on unused corners for cookbooks and colourful dishware – even a few inches of wall space makes a difference! Vary your display dishware’s colors and textures for maximum visual impact.
  • Magnetize eyes to your kitchen by accessorizing metal utensils across a metal bar and hang your cookware in clear view.
  • Dress your window with a tension rod and some leftover fabric, hemmed at the top, to give your kitchen a final pop of pizazz.